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Tis the season...

... for absurdity:

Chase Bank told a businessman to remove the Christmas tree he donated to a local branch because it could offend people.

Antonio Morales, owner of Bellagio Day Spa in Southlake, had assembled and decorated a 9-foot-tall tree in the lobby of the Chase Bank branch at 1700 E. Southlake Boulevard as a favor to the branch manager, who is one of his clients.

The tree remained in the lobby from the Monday before Thanksgiving until Tuesday. Morales said his friend called him Wednesday to tell him the tree had to go. She later showed him an e-mail from JPMorgan Chase saying that the tree had to be removed because some people were offended by it.

The bank referred questions to corporate offices.

Greg Hassell, a JPMorgan Chase spokesman, said that the company's policy isn't anti-Christmas. "People wish their customers merry Christmas when it's appropriate," he said.

However, to ensure that everyone who visits Chase branches feels welcome and comfortable, the bank's policy is to use only decorations supplied by the company.

"We appreciate the thoughtful gesture from Mr. Morales," Hassell said. "Unfortunately, we're unable to keep it [the tree] on display for the remainder of the holiday season." JPMorgan Chase ensures that decorations are "something everyone is comfortable with, regardless of how they celebrate the season," Hassell said.

But others see the tree as a symbol of the season.

A spokeswoman at Trinity Bank in Fort Worth said it has had a tree in its lobby since the Friday after Thanksgiving.

"I've been in this business more than 30 years, and every place I've worked we've put up a Christmas tree the day after Thanksgiving," said Linda Robertson, assistant vice president.

Bryan Fischer, director of issue analysis for the American Family Association, called Chase's decision absurd.

"According to Advertising Age, 91 percent of American people celebrate Christmas," Fischer said. "That means that the single most inoffensive thing you can do at this time of year is wish someone a merry Christmas."

Fischer said that companies that have gotten away from acknowledging Christmas claim that they do it because they want to be inclusive.

"The most inclusive thing you can do is wish someone merry Christmas," he said. "This means that Chase is running the risk of offending far more people by disrespecting Christmas than they are by honoring it."

Inclusivity today is defined largely by how many Christians can be excluded.

H/T to Deacon Greg Kondra.


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Comments (10)

I know first hand the probl... (Below threshold)
DaveD:

I know first hand the problem JPMorgan-Chase is having. I myself on occasion have wished certain people - mostly friends - a happy birthday on their birthday. I try to do it privately, though, because I don't want to offend anyone nearby who might not be having a birthday that particular day which actually tends to be most people in the general vicinity.

On a more serious note these political correctoids are a real study in idiocy. It's fascinating watching them explain their tortured difficulty in publicly recognizing Christmas around the time of.........Christmas.

"...the tree had to be remo... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

"...the tree had to be removed because some people were offended by it."

Hmm...wonder what Chase's response would be were I to tell them "I am OFFENDED that you're moving the tree!".

SOME people need to get a life.

I agree. Everyone who is o... (Below threshold)
hcddbz:

I agree. Everyone who is offend by Christmas can work 8 hours on Dec 24 and 25. Those who would get time and a half on the Holiday will just take base pay.

I don't feel comfortable in... (Below threshold)
dnb:

I don't feel comfortable in a bank (or any other business entity) that doesn't display a tree at Christmas. What a way to take joy out of the season and make it just another 'ho humbug' time. Sad little people.

And yes, start saying, "I am offended by removal of the tree" any where and everywhere you see it happening!

I can't get over the fact t... (Below threshold)
TexBob:

I can't get over the fact that companies cower to this extremely small section of the population who say they are "offended" (mostly miserable atheist libtards) and in doing so, piss off 90% of the population who enjoy Christmas and the Christmas season.

I don't celebrate winter, I don't do holiday parties and I sure as hell don't put up a holiday tree.

Merry Christmas Atheist Libtards!

if an atheist sneezes and s... (Below threshold)
ken:

if an atheist sneezes and someone says "God Bless You" has the atheist been offended?

how could you be offended if someone referred to an entity you believed did not exist? I mean, if someone said "May a liberal with common sense bless you" should i be offended since i don't believe any such creature exists?

I never have done any busin... (Below threshold)
Gmac:

I never have done any business with JP Morgan Chase and have made a mental note to continue that practice. I doubt they'll notice but certainly their customer base has taken notice of their cowering political incorrectness.

The mere fact that they are cowering to a tiny percentage while managing to offend the vast majority tells me their management team is fundamentally clueless when it comes to customer service.

Radical political, religi... (Below threshold)
Buckeye:

Radical political, religious and atheist groups will always try to destroy anything that disagrees with their creed even though they are in the minority. I expected a little better from Chase though. I have seen trees in stores this year though that had given them up the last couple of years.

A Christmas tree isn't even... (Below threshold)
BlueNight:

A Christmas tree isn't even a Christian symbol; it's an ancient pagan symbol appropriated by the culture at large as a secular reminder of the gift-giving day-off-of-work.

The top carbon and bottom c... (Below threshold)

The top carbon and bottom carbon (the aldehyde at top as well as the alcohol at bottom) the Fischer representations of glucose and galactose are exactly the same.




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